Texas Tech University

Kassandra McQuillen

Kassandra McQuillen

Energy Commerce & Business Economics

Room Number: NW320


Research Expertise

  • Wind/Solar Energy Land Use and Policy Issues
  • Clean Energy Landowner Agreements and Compensation Trends
  • Socioeconomic Impacts of Commercial Wind/Solar Projects


  • JD, Ventura College of Law


Kassandra McQuillen is an attorney licensed in Texas and California with nearly two decades of experience working on clean energy contracts, project development, and civil litigation. Kassandra joined the energy commerce program at the Rawls College of Business to help expand the offerings to include more clean and alternative energy business content. 

Kassandra has been at Texas Tech for five years and previously taught in the wind energy program where she developed numerous undergraduate and graduate classes. She served as a co-PI on the WindU NSF grant program and is currently a member of the graduate faculty in the new MSIS in Energy program through the graduate school. Prior to accepting a full-time position at the Rawls College of Business, she taught Business Law I and guest lectured in various classes in the energy commerce program.

Some of you may recognize her from her two seasons as a contestant on the television competition Survivor, where she earned the name “Chaos Kass”. Kassandra has done guest lectures and keynote speeches around campus relating to her experiences on the show. She is always willing to talk with students, faculty, and staff if they are curious about Survivor.

Kassandra resides in Lubbock with her husband, Mark, daughter, Sarah, and two dogs, Barney and Echo. Kassandra enjoys hiking, traveling, music, pickleball, golf, and spending time with her family at their getaway in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Kassandra is a Navy veteran who served as a heavy equipment operator in the Seabees.